Without looking it up, can you name every single wide receiver on the Buffalo Bills roster right now?
I'm sure you got Stevie Johnson no problem, and perhaps it took you a few more seconds to get T.J. Graham. Then you remembered that Brad Smith is still around, and maybe even you got to Marcus Easley. From there, the wideout group as currently constructed, is rounded out by Kevin Elliot and Chris Hogan.
With only one starting caliber player out of that group, it's fair to say that adding wideouts (yes, plural) is essential to the Bills' off-season. With only six picks in the draft and a ton of positions to address, Buffalo will likely have to strike in free agency for a player to catch some passes.
While some Bills fans would love the team to add the Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings type, that just isn't very realistic considering how much Stevie Johnson is signed for.
So when you look at the wide receiver group that will be free agents, look to the second-tier. Players that have some experience and production in the league, but haven't been able to put it all together in the NFL to this point.
One man the Bills could be considering? St. Louis Rams wideout Brandon Gibson.
Here's a case for, and against, the Bills bringing in Gibson:
The Case For Brandon Gibson
In his four years in the league, Gibson has gotten 38 starts in his time with the St. Louis Rams. That is an obvious pre-requisite for the Bills, considering that T.J. Graham hasn't taken the next step up in his career quite yet and Brad Smith is still only Brad Smith.
Sure, the Bills could take a wide receiver in the first round and start him right away, but they don't have any insurance behind him. Gibson could serve as that.
It's not just a one-year wonder situation with Gibson. In 2012, he had over 50 catches for the second time in three years. Perhaps it goes with the state of the team in St. Louis, but his touchdown production also rose up last season, bringing in five separate scoring plays.
He doesn't necessarily have the speed that teams covet, which will drive his price down. However, it's his ability to gain separation, show an above-average consistency with his hands and his size (6-foot-0, 205 pounds) that will get some teams to bite.
Not to mention the Bills certainly remember Gibson well from this past season. He just so happened to have his best game of his four-year career when the Rams visited Buffalo in December. Gibson had his first career 100-yard receiving game on six catches, adding in the game-winning touchdown to do the Bills in.
If he's looking for a team that he could start all of 2013 with (before the draft, mind you), Buffalo could interest him greatly.
The Case Against Brandon Gibson
The Brandon Gibson detractors can start with the last piece of information I just laid out. In 38 career starts, Gibson only had one 100-yard receiving outing. That may have something to do with his quarterback play, but the inconsistency of his performances delve deeper than just the rounded receiving yard marker.
In 38 starts, Gibson has only eclipsed over 75 yards receiving in four separate games. He's gone over 90 yards only three times. In fact, it took nearly three calendar years for Gibson to have his first 90-yard receiving game repeated. He first accomplished it on November 15, 2009, his rookie season. He didn't duplicate the feat until October 14, 2012.
Gibson dressed for a total of 55 games over that four-year stretch.
Another factor working against Gibson could very well be his cost. He seems to be the favorite of a few different teams looking for second-tier wide receivers.
According to long-time Rams writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, there is a fair amount of interest in Gibson's services. With that type of interest, Gibson's price could very well go up, and the Bills may get in a situation where they'd have to overspend on a player that hasn't had the production to go along with it.
While his age (25) works in his favor for contractual purposes, that might also be a contributing factor that leads to his price going up. Either way, Gibson looks to be someone that should have no trouble in finding work.
The Bills are looking for someone with his type of experience, but his contract may not match his production and that could potentially scare Buffalo away.
Will They or Won't They?
To me, Gibson is one of the better second-tier options. The Bills could still look at players like Donnie Avery, Kevin Ogletree, Austin Collie, Mohamed Massaquoi and Ramses Barden as well. There is little doubt in my mind that Buffalo will likely put in a call to many of the players I just listed, but they have to find someone at the position at the right price. Especially considering Stevie Johnson's contract, and the fact that they will likely draft a wide receiver within the first three rounds. If Gibson doesn't garner the interest that is expected, the Bills should strike. If they have to get in to a bidding war for his services, though, I think they would probably walk away and find someone else.